Monday, September 22, 2014

Amazon Opens Its Doors to Self-Publishers of Children's Books

Even as half of Europe is sharpening their spears in preparation for a protracted war on Amazon, the self-publishing giant has made it even easier to publish books for children.

The main sticking point of uploading children’s books onto Amazon’s platform has been the difficulty of getting illustrations to convert to Kindle. Amazon appears to have solved that problem with KDP Kids, a publishing platform that allows authors to import illustrations, add pop-ups, and preview illustrated books with Kindle Kids' Book Creator.

More to the point, KDP Kids allows authors to target the parents - the people who are going to buy your book - of children in their demographic.
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Amazon Unveils KDP Kids

Source: Publishers Weekly, Sep 04, 2014

In a move designed to attract and support children’s book authors and self-publishers, Amazon has launched KDP Kids, a children's-focused illustrated and chapter book category in the Kindle Store.

Amazon is also introducing the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, a set of authoring tools designed to facilitate the creation and production of kids’ digital titles for the Kindle format, including illustrated titles. Commenting on the launch and ability to create illustrated books, Kindle senior v-p Russ Grandinetti said, “No one should have to be a computer programmer to create a beautiful, illustrated book for kids."

The move marks the continuing growth of digital self-publishing in general as well as the growing number of children’s books already available via KDP. Under the new KDP Kids category, authors will also have access to the Kindle Kids Book Creator, which offers software tools (available for Windows and Mac OS) that can take advantage of Kindle format features like pop-up text, previews and the importation of illustrations.

KDP Kids authors can prepare their prose or illustrated books, upload them to KDP Kids and use a variety of filters for age, grade and reading levels to place the title and attract the specific customer leveled for their titles. Through the KDP Kids platform, authors can earn up to a 70% royalty depending upon book price.

KDP Kids authors will also have access to Kindle Marketing tools such as Countdown Deals and Free Book promotions. They are also eligible to enroll in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s e-book subscription service, and the Kindle Lending Library.

Friday, September 19, 2014

List of Reviewers for Traditionally Published Books

Below is a list of reviewers who exclusively review works that have been published by publishing houses (large and small).

If you have published through a large (or small) publisher, why would you need to contact reviewers? Shouldn't your publisher take care of that?

And if you have self-published, or are considering self-publishing, why you would need a list of reviewers who only review books published through traditional houses?

The answer is:

1) Even if you have self-published a book, you may have published short stories in literary magazines. If you decide to sell your published stories on Amazon (and I hope you consider doing that because it's a good way to get readers), they will need reviews, and 2) Publishers do the bare minimum - if anything - to secure reviews.

No matter how you publish, it's up to you to find reviewers.

Many of the reviewers on this list have heavily trafficked sites, and they cross post their reviews on other sites, which means even one well-placed review can reach a broad audience. Most will accept ebooks and/or PDF files, which cuts down on shipping costs. (Make sure you have a PDF file as well as a mobi file of your book to send to reviewers.)

As always, read review guidelines carefully, and follow them.

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Website Review Policy Contact Where Posted Genres
A Book Geek http://abookgeek-llm.blogspot.com
/p/review-policy.html

Accepts ARCs, ebooks
abookgeek
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads
Literary fiction,
historical fiction,
classics,
urban fantasy,
science fiction,
dystopian, fantasy,
some Young Adult
A Bookish
Libraria

Deborah
Jessica
Catherine
http://abookishlibraria.blogspot.
com/p/credits.html

Accepts ARCs and books
some Kindle
jessicamagill
@gmail.com

thebookish
dame
@aol.com
Website Many genres
Alison's Book
Marks
http://www.alisonsbookmarks.
com/p/review-policy.html

Accepts ebooks
APSkap
@comcast.net
Website
Amazon
Goodreads
Get Glue
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Google+
Literary
fiction,
historical
fiction,
memoirs,
biographies, fantasy,
mysteries,
series, YA,
MG,
and graphic
novels
All Things
Urban Fantasy
http://allthingsuf.com/review-policy

Accepts print, PDF, EPUB,
MOBI, and audiobooks
Contact
@AllThingsUF.
com

Also online form
Website
Amazon
Goodreads
Twitter
Urban Fantasy
Paranormal Romance
Paranormal YA
Speculative Fiction
(Dystopian,
Steampunk)
A Lovely Bookshelf http://www.lovelybookshelf.
com/p/review-policy.html
monika.lovelybookshelf
@gmail.com
Website Literary
fiction
surreal /
magical
realism fiction
contemporary fiction
(including
women's
fiction)
short stories
memoirs
sci-fi
a wide variety
of
non-fiction
(especially parenting,
faith, or
classical music)
children's titles
Batch of Books http://www.batchofbooks.com/
p/review-policy.html
reviewkidsbooks
@gmail.com
Website Children's books to age 18
Bibliophile By the Sea http://bibliophilebythesea.
blogspot.com/p/
book-review-policy.html
bibliophilebythesea
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads,
Amazon
Literary Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical
Fiction
Mystery/
Suspense/
Psychological Fiction/Coming of Age
Memoirs
Cookbooks
Childrens Books (ages 0-7)
Book 'Em with
The Hodgenator!
http://bookemadventures.blogspot.
com/p/review-policy.html

Print and ebooks

Hosts blog tours, interviews,
and giveaways
bookemadventures
@gmail.com

Website,
Goodreads,
Amazon,
Facebook,
Shelfari,
Pinterest,
Twitter, and Tumblr
Children's, tween, and
YA novels
Bookish Bella

Bella
http://bookishbella.blogspot.
com.au/p/review-policy_17.html

bellaleeheart
@gmail.com
Website
Facebook
and Twitter
Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal, Romance,
Sci-fi and Young Adult
Books, Bones & Buffy

Tammy
http://booksbonesbuffy.com/
about/

Posts interviews, and giveaways
Online form Website Adult and young adult fantasy,
science
fiction,
horror, and
literary
fiction
Buried By Books

Amber
http://buriedbybooks.blogspot.com
/p/review-policy-and-
contact-info.html

Accepts print and ebooks
buriedbybooks
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads,
Amazon,
Barnes & Noble
Historical romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance,
erotic fiction, category
fiction,
mysteries and
the
occasional cookbook
or
other
non-fiction
title
Call Me Crazy YA Reviews

Katie
http://www.callmecrazyreviews.
com/p/
review-policy.html

ARCs only

Does interviews, and hosts
giveaways
callmecrazyreviews
@rocketmail.com
Website,
Amazon,
Goodreads,
B&N
YA, NA, Middle
grade
Civilian Reader

UK
http://civilian-reader.blogspot.com
/p/about-cr.html
civilian.reader
@hotmail.co.uk
Website Sci-fi,
fantasy
and
American political/
crime
thrillers
Compass Book Ratings

12 reviewers
http://www.compassbookratings.
com/contact-us/publishers-
and-authors/
Online form

Submissions through publicist only

Website Many
genres
Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

Ellie

UK
http://www.curiositykilledthe
bookworm.net/p/policies.html

Accepts print and Kindle

http://www.curiositykilledthe
bookworm.
net/p/contact-me.html
Website Young adult, urban fantasy, mythology, chick-lit, science fiction, translated works and narrative non-fiction
Esther's Ever After http://everafteresther.blogspot.com
/p/policies.html

Print and Kindle

Does interviews, and hosts
giveaways
everafteresther.reviews
@gmail,com
Website YA
Falcata Times http://falcatatimes.blogspot.com/

Scroll down left column for policy
http://kontactr.com/user/
drosdelnoch
Website Horror,
Urban
Fantasy,
True Crime, Historical Fiction
and others
Feeling a Little Bookish

Meaghan
http://bookworm-meags222.blogspot.com/p/my-
review-policy.html

Does interviews, and hosts giveaways
meaghan.nicolaiff
@gmail.com
Website Adult
fiction
and
literature,
and YA
novels
Good Books and Good Wine http://goodbooksandgoodwine.
com/review-policy

Accepts print and Kindle

Does interviews, and hosts
giveaways
goodbooksandgoodwine
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads
and Amazon
YA and
Middle Grade
Happy
Indulgence
http://www.happyindulgence
books.com/review-policy/

Accepts paperback and
Kindle files
happyindulgence
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads
and Amazon
YA,
New Adult, Urban
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary, Dystopia, Fiction
In the Forest of Stories

Memory

Canada
http://memoryscarlett.blogspot.ca
/p/review-policy.html

PDF files, epub files, ARCs
xicanti
@gmail.com
Website Fantasy. Science
fiction.
Horror. Romance. Historical fiction.
Queer fiction, comics,
and young adult fiction across all genres
Jenuine Cupcakes http://jenuinecupcakes.blogspot.
com/p/review-policy-star-
rating.html

Cover Reveals, Blog Tours,
Interviews and Giveaways
jenuinecupcakes
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads
NetGalley
Edelweiss
Booklikes
Tumblr
Barnes & Noble
Amazon
IndieBound
and YA Books
Central
http://www.yabooks
central.com/
YA fiction
Kal-El the BookGeek
Beauty
http://www.thebookgeekbeauty.
blogspot.com
/p/review-guidelines.html

Print and ebook copies
bookgeekbeauty003
@gmail.com
Website,
Amazon and
Goodreads
NA,
YA,
PR,
UF,
Chick Lit, Dystopian,
and some Erotica
La Femme Readers http://lafemmereaders.blogspot.
com/p/reviewpromoting-policy.html

Print and Kindle
lafemmereaders
@yahoo.com
Website,
Amazon and
Goodreads
YA
Mermaid With A Book

Singapore
http://mermaidwithabook.
blogspot.sg/p/
review-policy.html
gohsherlyn
@yahoo.com,sg
Website YA
My Bookish Ways

Kristin

15,000 pageviews per month
http://www.mybookishways.
com/review-policy

Interviews, and sometimes,
giveaways
mybookishways
@yahoo.com
Website Urban
fantasy, fantasy, mystery,
sci-fi,
horror,
and thrillers
Mysteries and My Musings http://mysterysuspence.blogspot.com
/p/review-policy.html
mysterysuspense1
@gmail.com
Website Mystery/
suspense fiction
Neth Space http://nethspace.blogspot.com
/2006/10/blog-post.html

Accepts print and ebooks
nethspace
@gmail.com
Website Sci-fi,
Fantasy
Rex Robot Reviews http://www.rexrobotreviews.
com/p/review-policy.html

Accepts ARCs, bound copies and
ebooks

Participates in ARC Tours,
Author Interviews, Blog Tours,
Giveaways & Guest Posts
rexreadingrobot
@gmail.com
Website,
Amazon and
Goodreads
Fantasy (Urban,
Dark)
Steampunk (All)
Young Adult (Dystopia, Contemporary, Paranormal)
Romance (Paranormal, Historical, Suspense)
Horror
Mystery
Romance Book Scene http://www.romancebookscene
.com/

Print and ebooks accepted
submissions
@romancebookscene.com
Website Romance
Tales of the Ravenous Reader

Nancy
http://www.lushbudgetproduction
.com/p/about-me.html

Print and ebooks
curlyshoe
@gmail.com
Website YA
That Artsy Reader Girl http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/
policies-disclaimers/

Kindle (mobi) files, bound books, and audiobooks

JanaSparkles
@yahoo.com
Website
Goodreads
YA (any and
all, but
especially contemporary romance),
 adult fiction, chick
lit, romance (historical, paranormal, contemporary, dystopian,
 etc.), mystery/
suspense,
children's
The Booka
holic
http://the-bookaholic.blogspot.com/p/review-policy.html miss.pixie08
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads
and elsewhere
if requested
YA
Paranormal Romance
Fantasy (modern/
urban)
Dystopian
Horror
Historical Fiction
The Book Swarm http://thebookswarm.com
/review-policy
thebookswarm
@gmail.com

and online form
Website YA novels, science
fiction/
fantasy,
urban
fantasy, paranormal
and romance,
mystery,
travel
The Most Happy Reader http://themosthappyreader.
blogspot.com/p/review-policy.html

Accepts print and ebooks (PDF or Kindle for Mac format)
mosthappyreader
@gmail.com
Website
Amazon
Goodreads
B&N
Historical fiction,
general
fiction and non-fiction
The Qwillery http://qwillery.blogspot.com/p/
review-policy-contact.html
Online Form Website Speculative fiction:
urban fantasy, paranormal romance, historical fantasy,
science fiction, including science fiction romance, steampunk, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic
and post-apocalyptic fiction
The Realm of Books

Katerina
http://therealmof-books.blogspot.com/p/review-policy_5.html

Prefers print
katthorson1@gmail.com Website Teen and YA,
Sci-fi,
paranormal romance
Uncorked Thoughts

Leah

UK
http://uncorkedthoughts.
blogspot.co.uk/p/review-policy
.html

Accepts mobi, PDF, ARCs
Online Form Website
Goodreads
Amazon
(if requested)
Twitter
Facebook
Fantasy/
Urban Fantasy
Paranormal/ Paranormal Romance
Sci-fi
Dystopia
Mythological
Young Adult
Crime
Steampunk
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Friday, September 12, 2014

2 New Agents with Established Agencies Looking for Clients

Here are two new agents looking to build their client lists. Genevieve Nine's agency, Andrea Hurst, is well regarded in the industry. Valerie Noble works for one of the few Canadian agencies.

I am a fan of new agents. They are hard-working, enthusiastic, and energetic. And they love their clients. These are essential qualities for pitching to an editor.

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About Genevieve Nine: Genevieve joined Andrea Hurst Literary Management as an intern in 2012. She has a background in professional editing and gets great satisfaction from developing authors. She’s a Creative Writing MFA candidate at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, holds a Certificate in Children’s Writing from the University of Washington, and graduated with honors and a B.A. from the USC School of Cinema & Television. When not reading or writing, Genevieve enjoys watching her Sherlock DVDs, planning future travels, and embarking on culinary adventures. She and her husband live in Seattle with their two naughty cats, Selkie and Napoleon. Follow Genevieve on Twitter @GenevieveNine.

What she is looking for: Within young adult and middle grade, she’s looking to acquire:
  • Fantasy (open to all subgenres except game-related) 
  • Science Fiction 
  • Mystery 
  • Historical Fiction Retellings (classics, fairy/folk tale, myth) 
  • Contemporary Realism (especially with elements of humor)
She also represents the following adult and new adult categories:
  • Mystery (detective/PI, amateur, cozy, historical, comic, caper)
  • Thriller (supernatural, historical, disaster, ecological)
  • Gothic/Hauntings/Quiet Horror
  • Historical Fiction
  • Retellings (classics, fairy/folk tale, myth)
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Magical Realism
  • Food Memoir
  • Travelogue/Travel Memoir
She is not seeking:
  • Hard SF/Military SF/Space Opera
  • Graphic Horror
  • Erotica
  • Religious Fiction/Nonfiction
  • Short Stories
How to submit: querygenevieve@andreahurst.com. Email queries only. ŸNo attachments. ŸInclude “Query: Book Title” in the email’s subject line. ŸPaste the first ten pages of manuscript below your query. ŸPlease state if manuscript has been previously self-published. ŸPlease state if query is a multiple submission and inform Genevieve if the project becomes no longer available for representation.

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About Valerie: Valerie Noble is an Associate Agent at Donaghy Literary Group. While studying chemistry at California State University, Long Beach, Valerie mastered the art of doing proper research, particularly for technical writing. Her love of science and reading merged when she began penning her first novel in the midst of her studies. In true scientific fashion, Valerie researched all there was to know about publishing. She connected with agents, editors, and other writers, and interned for Jessica Sinsheimer of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

An education is never finished and Valerie continues to cultivate relationships and hopes to use her knowledge and skills in finding fresh new voices for Donaghy Literary Group.

What she is looking for: Valerie is seeking Young Adult, and New Adult — in the following areas:

• Science Fiction YA/NA
• Fantasy YA/NA
• Historical Fantasy YA/NA
• Historical Fiction YA/NA

Valerie loves YA/NA science fiction and fantasy (think Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins) but reads everything under the sun. For her, it’s more about the writing and less about the genre. In saying that, Valerie is generally not interested in romance or paranormal.

How to submit: Electronic Submissions only. Send the query letter, 1-2 page synopsis and the first 10 pages of manuscript — all in body of email, no attachments. Send to query(at)donaghyliterary(dot)com.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

10 Bestsellers That Began as Self-Published Books

There is much to be said for self-publishing, especially if you have spent a year or ten (see Michael J. Sullivan below) trying to get publishing houses interested in your work.

If you self-publish, and do a proper job of marketing, your book may not only achieve success in its own right, but may be picked up by a major publishing house. (Ironically, it may even be published by one of the houses that has previously sent you a rejection slip.)

All of these books have one thing in common - their authors did not simply publish and then lean back and enjoy their success. They marketed, pitched, and sold the heck out of their books.

And they continued to write.

Here are a few best-selling books whose authors did not give up on them.
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Eragon is a young adult fantasy series written by Christopher Paolini, who began writing it at the age of 15. Paolini's parents published the book (they owned a small press), after which Paolini spent a year traveling around the United States promoting his novel. The book was discovered by Carl Hiaasen, who got it re-published by Alfred A. Knopf. The re-published version was released on August 26, 2003. Eragon was an instant hit, selling over a million copies within the first five months. The series has sold 33.5 million copies worldwide.

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What American household does not have a copy of The Joy of Cooking in its kitchen? The Joy of Cooking was privately published in 1931 by Irma S. Rombauer, a homemaker in St. Louis, Missouri. Initially, Rombauer had 3,000 copies printed by A.C. Clayton, a company which had printed labels for St. Louis shoe companies and for Listerine, but never a book. In 1936, the book was picked up by a commercial printing house, the Bobbs-Merrill Company. Since then, over 18 million copies have been sold.
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Rich Dad Poor Dad is a financial advice book written by American businessman, author and investor Robert Kiyosaki. In keeping with Kiyosaki's ideas that ownership of high value assets that produce cash flow is the key to wealth, rather than being an employee, he self-published the book in 1997. In spite of containing "much wrong advice, much bad advice, some dangerous advice, and virtually no good advice" (John T. Reed) Rich Dad Poor Dad has sold over 26 million copies.
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No Thanks
is a 1935 collection of poetry by one of America's most famous poets, e.e. cummings. After being rejected by publishers, Cummings self-published the collection with the help of his mother. With typical panache, the poet dedicated the aptly titled No Thanks to the fourteen publishing houses which had turned the collection down. Forsaking printing conventions - as well as those who employ them - No Thanks is bound at the top, like a stenographer's pad, rather than on the left. The volume was later published by W.W. Norton and Company.

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Marcel Proust's epic novel Remembrance of Times Past (A la Recherche du Temps Perdu) has been called "the most respected novel of the twentieth century." Proust began writing what ultimately became seven novels in 1909. As is so often the case with anything unconventional, the work was repeatedly rejected by publishing houses. In one particularly devastating rejection, Alfred Humbolt, head of Ollendorf Publishing Company, wrote: "I may be as thick as two planks but I can’t understand how a gentleman can take thirty pages to describe how he tosses and turns in his bed before going off to sleep." Rather than give up, Proust paid the Grasset Publishing House for the publication of the first volume, Swann's Way. Since its original print run of 1000, millions of copies have been sold. Keeping up with the times (no pun intended), Remembrance of Times Past was turned into a comic book in 1998. Unlike the original novel, the graphic novel had no problem finding a publisher. (NYT)
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One of the most beloved children's books of all time, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was originally self-published by Beatrix Potter in 1901. After receiving rejection letters from publishers for a story she had made up to entertain a sick boy, Potter, a 35-year-old writer and illustrator, took matters into her own hands and printed 250 copies of the book. Within a year, it was picked up by one of the publishers that had turned it down, F. Warne & Co, which almost immediately sold 20,000 copies. However, Potter's adventure with self-publishing did not stop there. When Warne insisted on cutting parts of the Tailor of Gloucester, Potter turned around and printed 500 copies herself. Over two million Beatrix Potter books are sold each year.

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Wayne Dyer originally self-published his self-help book, Your Erroneous Zones, with a print run of 4,500 copies. He then spent the next year traveling across the country, publicizing his book on TV shows. (You could still do that in the 1970s.) It eventually became one of the top-selling books of all time, with an estimated 35 million copies sold. The book spent 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. 

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What Color Is Your Parachute?, a job-hunting guide by Richard N. Bolles, has been on the New York Times best-seller list periodically for more than a decade. Bolles self-published the book in 1970. Since then the book has seen almost yearly updates with more than 10 million copies sold. (Even I own a copy.)

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The Celestine Prophecy was self-published by James Redfield after being repeatedly rejected by publishers. He sold 100,000 copies of the novel out of the trunk of his Honda before Warner Books agreed to publish it. In spite of drawing fire for its historical absurdities (Mayas in Peru, writing in Aramaic?), the book has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
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After 10 years of rejections, Michael J. Sullivan quit writing altogether. Then, one day, he sat down and wrote the Riyria Revelation fantasy series. He still couldn't find a publisher, so Sullivan self-published through Ridan Publishing, a company started by his wife. His sales were so impressive that he re-solicited mainstream publishers, and this time received several offers. The Riyria Revelations has now been translated into fourteen languages. In 2012 io9 named him one of the "Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

2 Agents from Reputable Agencies Looking for Writers

Here are two agents from reputable agencies seeking to build their client lists. Trident is one of the largest agencies in the world. Susan Golomb's website is minimal, but do not be deceived. She represents best-selling authors Jonathan Franzen and William T. Vollmann.

As always, check online for interviews with these agents, as well as feedback by writers.
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About Mark: From an early age, Mark showed a passionate interest in his father’s work, his founding of Trident with Dan Strone, and the growth of the company. This focus on publishing continued at Emerson College, where Mark was a founding member of the Publishing Club, subsequently overseeing its first publication under the Wilde Press imprint. After graduating Emerson with a degree in writing, literature and publishing, Mark began his career as an assistant to the Vice President of the Berkley imprint at Penguin, working with leading editors at the firm.

Mark’s first position at Trident was in the foreign rights department, assisting the department’s agents in selling the books of clients around the world. Mark next became audio rights agent. Since Mark has managed the audio rights business, the annual sales volume has doubled. Now while continuing to head up audio rights, Mark is building his own client list of writers. "I am excited to work directly with authors that I bring to Trident, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available to me at Trident."

What  he is looking for: In fiction, he is looking for Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics, Graphic novels, Historical, History, Horror, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Thrillers and New adult.

In nonfiction, he is looking for Arts, Cinema, Photography, Biography, Memoir, Self-help, Sports, Travel, World cultures, True crime, Mind/Body/Spirit, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Current affairs, Pop culture, Entertainment, Relationships, Family, Science, Technology.

How to submit: Use the online submission form here. Make sure you direct your inquiry to Mark.
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Soumeya Bendimerad of the Susan Golomb Literary Agency

About Soumeya: Soumeya Bendimerad joined the Susan Golomb Literary Agency in 2012, where she is an agent and the director of foreign rights. Prior to that, she was a literary scout at Sanford Greenburger Associates and an associate editor at MacAdam/Cage Publishing. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area.

What she is looking for: She is actively seeking to represent literary fiction, upmarket/book club fiction, and select young-adult and middle grade. She is drawn to intelligent literary fiction with a fresh voice, coming of age stories, novels with elements of travel or stories set in other countries, family sagas, experiments with form, and complex but sympathetic characters. In non-fiction, she is seeking topics in popular culture, music and art history, unconventional business, politics, narrative non-fiction, sociology, cooking, travel, and memoir.

How to submit: Queries can be sent to soumeya [at] sgolombagency.com Please include a query letter with bio, publication history, and synopsis, and the first three chapters or fifty pages. Only electronic submissions accepted. Please include the word “Query” in the subject of your email.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

22 Cookbook and Nonfiction Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts

Who doesn't enjoy devouring a good cookbook? Especially one that flaunts mouth-watering photos, and waxes philosophical about the complex relationship between salt, sugar and leavening, explores the physics of meringue, or - and this is a clincher - chronicles how a disaster becomes the perfect method of baking brownies. (Turn off the oven before they are done, then rebake later!) And, honestly, who isn't stirred by a pie chart!

Here are 22 cookbook publishers welcoming proposals from authors - no agent needed! And, as an added bonus, many of these publishers also accept nonfiction in other categories. (Remember, non-fiction publishers want proposals, not manuscripts.) Make sure to read the full submission guidelines before you submit.

Now go out and get cookin'!

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Acadian House began in 1979 as a regional book publisher specializing primarily in Louisiana-related titles, with particular emphasis on the state’s history, food and culture.

Submissions: Send query letter summarizing the content of your book. The letter should also provide biographical data on you as an author, including educational background, experience in writing, qualifications to write the manuscript you hope to submit, and other information that establishes a connection between you and the subject of the manuscript. A description of the audience for the book is also welcome in this letter. You will be contacted if the editor is interested. Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.

Artisan Books is an imprint of Workman Publishing Company. Founded in 1968, Workman is an independent publisher of adult and juvenile trade books.

Submissions: Please send a proposal including: a cover letter giving a short description of the project and what materials are included in the package, a proposal, which includes an outline, introduction, art list, and sample text/chapters, sample illustrations or photographs (duplicates, not originals), a market analysis of the potential readership for your book, including a comparison to similar books, author biography and credentials, a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of materials. Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.




Burford Books is an independent book publisher based in Ithaca, NY. Their specialty is books on the outdoors, with titles on everything from golf to sailing. Their list includes military history, food and wine, gardening and outdoor living, adventure travel, and other topics. Worldwide distribution.

 Submissions: Send a query letter to info@burfordbooks.com, with the word “Query” in the subject line. In this email please briefly describe the book you have written or are planning to write, and give us an idea of who you are and why you feel you are qualified to write this book. Read full guidelines here.


Camino Books specializes in non-fiction books with a focus on the Middle Atlantic states. They currently publish about 6 to 10 books per year, and are always looking for new material and projects.

Submissions: Your proposal should include: a description of the subject of your book, as well as its format and length, an outline of the book or a sample table of contents, a sample chapter or two, your qualifications, the audience you hope to reach, your ideas for publicity and promotion. Please include SASE. Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.




Chronicle Books "We're always looking for the new and unusual." Chronicle Books publishes 90 titles per year.

Submissions: Your proposal should include: a one-page cover letter giving a brief description of the project, why you think Chronicle should publish it, what's included in the package, and your contact information, a market analysis, SASE. Electronic submissions preferred. Read full guidelines here.




Countryman Press became a division of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. in 1996. They publish about 70 books per year and currently have more than 350 books in print.

Submissions: Please send a cover letter with the working title, the estimated length, and a brief description of the book, list of chapter contents or a detailed outline, brief overview of the market for your book and its existing competition (which may take some thorough research on your part), your qualifications as author, including information on any previously published books, articles, or other materials, or relevant professional experience, two or three sample chapters, and an introduction if applicable; no full manuscripts, please. Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.



Fair Winds Press publishes instructional books in a range of categories, including lifestyle, cooking, health and body, self-help, spirituality, and history. It is owned by the Quarto Publishing Group.

Submissions: Book queries are usually around five pages and must include: a paragraph introducing yourself, a paragraph offering an overview of the proposed idea/concept, a book outline or table of contents, your ideas for the type of visual materials to accompany the text, and marketability information. Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.




Gibbs Smith is a Utah-based publishing house focusing on social studies textbooks and digital materials for schools, special interest publishing, and cookbooks. They are a mid-sized house, publishing 60 new books a year.

Submissions: Please send a proposal, including: a description of the subject; an analysis of the market and the author’s qualifications for writing the book as well as how the author is going to help sell and promote the book, including on‐line presence and outreach; an outline of contents; and sample writing. If photographs or illustrations are a major component, attach a PDF or jpegs showing samples. Maximum size of attachments is 3 MB. We will invite the complete submission only if we are interested. Electronic submissions only. Read full guidelines here.



Great American Publishers is a traditional small press with an emphasis on regional cooking (any state).

Submissions: Include a cover letter with a brief description of the project. Who is the target audience of your book? Are there similar publications already available? How is your book different from other titles on the market? What sort of promotion will be particularly effective for you and your book? How can you participate in the sales and marketing of your book? Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.




The Harvard Common Press is an independent publisher of quality trade books specializing in cookbooks and parenting/childcare books.

Submissions: Authors interested in publishing with The Harvard Common Press are encouraged to submit a full proposal, including: a chapter-by-chapter outline of the proposed book, an introduction and a sample chapter (for cookbooks, please include a recipe list), a résumé or brief personal history, any current or planned marketing and sales platforms you may have, an evaluation of competitive titles and how they relate to the proposed book. Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.





The Overmountain Press is primarily a publisher of Southern Appalachian non-fiction. In cookbooks, they are looking for new and interesting ways of cooking or organizing the recipes.

Submissions: Proposals should include a hook (what's so great about your book?), your qualifications for writing this book, your ideas for marketing and promoting the book, a summary of the book in 5-8 sentences, an excerpt of your choosing. Electronic submissions preferred. Read full guidelines here.






Pelican Publishing Company is a medium-sized company with a backlist of over 2,500 titles and fifty to sixty new titles produced yearly. As a general trade publisher, Pelican is presently the largest independent trade book publisher in the South.

Submissions: Pelican Publishing Company requires a query letter describing the project briefly and concisely (see below), a separate list of the author’s publishing credits, a printout of the outline and one or two chapters, and a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) sufficient for the return of the chapters or at least for our reply. If the chapters’ return is not needed, please so state in the query letter. Multiple (or “simultaneous”) or e-mailed submissions are not considered. Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.


Quail Ridge Press specializes in the publication of regional cookbooks. They also publish national cookbooks and regional non-fiction.

Submissions: Include a cover letter that gives a brief description of the project, an outline and/or introduction, a table of contents, and at least 30 pages of the text, if the project will include illustrations or photographs, please send samples, a market analysis of the book including the titles, publishers, and dates of all similar books, and a biography of the author, including publishing credits and credentials in the field. Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.




Sasquatch Books is one of the country’s leading independent publishers, known for its innovative and eclectic list of nonfiction books featuring authors such as Nancy Pearl, Lynda Barry, and Art Wolfe, and top-selling titles in food & wine, travel, and gardening.

Submissions: Send a query letter, proposal, or a complete manuscript, along with information about you as an author, by mail. Please do not send original materials of any sort. They are not responsible for misplaced items. No email queries. Snail mail only. For submission details go here and scroll down.






Seaside Publishing is an imprint of the University Press of Florida with a regional focus.

Submissions: To submit a manuscript, please send a one-page letter of inquiry to Interim Editor-in-Chief, Meredith Morris Babb, to determine the University Press of Florida's interest in your project. Please include your full postal address. If they are interested, they will contact you for more information. Email query. Read instructions here.






Sourcebooks, Inc. is an independent publisher located in Naperville, Illinois. The company publishes books, ebooks, and digital products in most consumer categories, including college guides, memoir, children's books, young adult, fiction, romance, and reference books. Sourcebooks publishes over 300 titles a year and boasts many bestsellers.

Submissions: Please send a proposal with a brief synopsis in 1-2 paragraphs, author bio or resume specifying credentials and publication credits, if any, a complete table of contents, plus estimated length of manuscript in words and pages, two to three sample chapters (not the first), a description of the target audience, one page/paragraph on your book's unique advantages, a list of competing or comparable titles and how your book differs. Electronic submissions only. Read full guidelines here.



Square One specializes in books on cooking, parenting, business/personal finance, self-help, history, and memoir among others. Square One has been named one of the top ten fastest-growing indie book publishers in North America by Publishers Weekly for six years in a row.

Submissions: When submitting your manuscript proposal, please include the following items: a cover letter explaining the concept of your book, why you wrote it, and its intended audience, a detailed table of contents, a brief overview of the book, biographical information about you and any coauthors or illustrators, a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.




Sterling Publishing covers a broad range of subject areas including: current events, diet and health, parenting, popular culture, reference, history, art and artists, music, a broad selection of cookbooks, fiction, children's books, and more. Sterling is a large house, with over 5,000 titles in print.

Submissions: Please write a cover letter explaining your idea and enclose an outline and a sample chapter of the proposed book (typed and double-spaced, please) along with sample illustrations where applicable.  Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.





Surrey Books is focused on food, nutrition, and entertaining. It was acquired by Agate in 2006. In addition to conventional cookbooks, Surrey also publishes specialized cookbooks focusing on gluten-free, vegan, and diabetes cooking.

Submissions: Agate is considering submissions in the general areas of food, cooking, and nutrition-related nonfiction, for its Surrey imprint. Email query. (Do not send full proposal.) Read instructions here.







Tuttle specializes in Asian cultures. They currently have a backlist of over 6,000 titles and publish 150 new titles per year. Tuttle is a part of the Periplus publishing family.

Submissions: Unlike most large publishing houses, Tuttle offers a hands-on approach, working closely with individual authors. Please submit a complete proposal by email or snail mail. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please note that Tuttle publishes Asian cuisine cookbooks. Read full guidelines here.





Whitecap Books is a Canadian book publisher. Their list features visually appealing books on food, wine, health and well-being, regional history, and regional guidebooks.

Submissions: Please send a cover letter, and a full proposal along with a complete list of recipes, accompanied by 15 sample recipes. Do not send original artwork. Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.




Willow Creek Press is a publisher specializing in nature, outdoor and sporting topics, gardening, wildlife and animal books, and cookbooks.

Submissions: Send a cover letter detailing the work as a whole. Include who your target audience is and provide a rationale for why Willow Creek Press is the best publisher for your work. Also include: a chapter-by-chapter outline of the entire work, one or two sample chapters, a brief bio or a note describing who you are and why you are the right person to write this book, a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage for the return of all of your material. If you do not need your materials returned, please include an envelope with first-class letter postage for their reply. Snail mail only. Read full guidelines here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Round 10 of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars: Amazon vs Japan

In this week's round of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars, Amazon is taking on Japan.

Amazon is exploiting its position as Japan's largest book retailer by ranking publishers according to how much they pay Amazon. The publishers with the highest ranking are given top billing on the Amazon Japan website.

Publishers are calling it "blackmail." 

Amazon is calling it "business as usual."

The manipulation of Amazon Japan is just one more in a long string of extortionist tactics that include removing pre-orders from books published by "uncooperative" publishing companies (Hachette and Macmillan), and removing new video titles from Disney and Time Warner. So far this year, Amazon has incurred the wrath of the FTC, the Author's Guild, Germany, and France as well as thousands of authors.

But in spite of being dissed by the German Minister of Culture, Amazon continues to expand. It has gobbled up Goodreads, where it immediately began deleting reviews it found unfavorable, and purchased Twitch, the video-game livestreaming site (where it will no doubt employ the same tactics). Meanwhile Amazon has cut royalty rates on audiobooks, leaving many self-publishers in the lurch.

And the year ain't over yet.

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Book publishers shout foul over Amazon Japan's new ratings

Asahi Shimbun, August 28, 2014

By Mayumi Mori/ Staff Writer

Online retail giant Amazon Japan introduced a new system this summer to rank book publishers, a decision that has not gone down well with its business partners.

Amazon Japan is the nation's largest book retailer for paper and electronic media. Its new system gives higher rankings to publishers that pay higher fees to Amazon Japan and to publishers with larger eBook catalogs.

Additionally, eBooks from publishers ranked higher are given more prominence on the Amazon.co.jp website.

Many publishers, including high-profile publishing houses, have protested the move, calling it a form of "blackmail" that exploits the company's considerable dominance in the book retailing industry.

"Wouldn't antitrust authorities start to wonder if Amazon Japan is taking advantage of its monopolistic position in the market?" said Bungeishunju Ltd. when it protested to Amazon Japan in June.

Japanese publishers are continuing to hold talks with Amazon Japan.

Disagreements between parent company, Amazon.com Inc., and publishers are intensifying worldwide.

In the United States, 900 renowned authors protested against Amazon for putting pressure on publishers that resisted the company's demands to lower eBook prices by delaying the shipping of their books.

Media analyst Satoshi Osawa said if publishers start to only focus on dealing with the retailing giant, "it could lead to lower quality of their products."

An official with Amazon Japan's public relations department said, "It's difficult to comment because the issue deals with individual contracts."